LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American forum executive committee:
Paula M. L. Moya, Jan. 2016
Mark Goble, Jan. 2017 (2015–Jan. 2016 Ch.)
Amy Hungerford, Jan. 2018 (2015–Jan. 2016 Sec.)
Heather Houser, Jan. 2019
Joseph Jeon, Jan. 2020
This article focuses on three post-9/11 meta-poems – “My Wife Says Don’t Write About September 11th” by Ryan G. Van Cleave, “How to Write A Poem After September 11th” by Nikki Moustaki and “To the Words” by W. S. Merwin – to demonstrate the point that the current scholarly understanding of post-9/11 aesthetics as something functioning like…[Read more]
Despite their commitment to Ezra Pound’s commandment to “make it new!:” modernist authors like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Katherine Mansfield, Edith Wharton, and Thornton Wilder referred to Jane Austen surprisingly often in their public and private writings. Although they excoriated her sexual inexperience and limited…[Read more]
Catherine Winters started the topic Revolt! Student Protests from 1968 to Today, A Symposium in the discussion Twentieth-Century American Literature on MLA Commons 2 months, 1 week ago
February 1968: three African American men are shot and killed at South Carolina State University during a protest against racial segregation. March 1968: Warsaw University students protest the banning of a performance of the play Dziady by Adam Mickiewicz.
May 1968: tens of thousands of students and workers take to the streets in France,…[Read more]
Marissa K. López replied to the topic ANNC: 2018 Futures of American Studies Institute (June 18 – 24) in the discussion Twentieth-Century American Literature on MLA Commons 2 months, 3 weeks ago
Wondering why 2013 was the last year (at least as far as I’ve been able to tell, apologies if I’m mistaken) there were Latinx studies faculty at the institute. Are we not part of the future too?
A 2016 conference at Princeton on “The Contemporary” similarly included no Latinx studies scholars.
Though I am primarily a scholar of 19th century…[Read more]
James E. Dobson started the topic ANNC: 2018 Futures of American Studies Institute (June 18 – 24) in the discussion Twentieth-Century American Literature on MLA Commons 3 months ago
The 2018 Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College
MONDAY JUNE 18, 2018 – SUNDAY JUNE 24, 2018.
DIRECTOR: Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College)
CO-DIRECTORS: Colleen Boggs (Dartmouth College), Soyica Diggs Colbert (Georgetown University),…[Read more]
The relationship between obsolescence and innovation in the digital age is a peculiar one, conveying not past and future but instead demonstrating their eternal simultaneity.
Bradley J. Fest deposited Geologies of Finitude: The Deep Time of Twenty-First-Century Catastrophe in Don DeLillo’s Point Omegaand Reza Negarestani’s Cyclonopedia in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 3 months ago
The twenty-first century has seen a transformation of twentieth-century narrative and historical discourse. On the one hand, the Cold War national fantasy of mutually assured destruction has multiplied, producing a diverse array of apocalyptic visions. On the other, there has been an increasing sobriety about human finitude, especially considered…[Read more]
Nicholas Rinehart deposited Vernacular Soliloquy, Theatrical Gesture, and Embodied Consciousness in The Marrow of Tradition in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 3 months ago
Charles Chesnutt’s Marrow of Tradition (1901) is overwhelmingly understood as an historical novel. Critics have again and again focused on its journalistic historicity; its ambivalent racial politics; its attitudes towards assimilation, separatism, vengeance, and resistance; and Chesnutt’s alleged biographical identification with various cha…[Read more]
This New Rheto rical Continuum Chart for Fiction shows a spectral range between individual (New Critical, structuralist, formalist) approach to group-based (socio-rhetorical) approach to fiction in the 21st Century.
The Stars our Destination is a story of overcoming anxieties and biases from war, as well as other growing up issues in a steel mill town. Over time, the three main characters gradually converge. Two women have nightmares involving the past and the old Prof. Daniel Blei lives off and on in a flood of troubling recollections. The conclusion will…[Read more]
A Robert Brownian Dramatic Dialogue
Octavio Gonzalez deposited Isherwood’s Impersonality: Ascetic Self-Divestiture and Queer Relationality in A Single Man in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Part of the Introduction in lieu of an abstract:
Christopher Isherwood’s celebrated novel A Single Man portrays a gay man as an ordinary human being. For its time, the novel’s depiction of homosexuality as a legitimate minoritarian identity, rather than individual pathology, was a radical political gesture. Given this context, literary critics…[Read more]
On the basis of the assumption that poetic response to Edward Said’s Orientalism is
rare, this article seeks to read three post-9/11 American poems on Afghanistan – “The Weavers” and
“Burka Women” by Gerald Wheeler, and “Kabul 2002 (From Dislocations)” by Dr. Bronwyn Winter – as a
significant intellectual departure from the standpoint alle…[Read more]
This essay intervenes in current ecocritical debates about the relationship between fiction and environmental risk by analyzing the limits of risk theory in the deep time of the Anthropocene. Although contemporary ecocriticism argues that we must move from apocalyptic depictions of risk to realistic ones, this essay examines fictions of nuclear…[Read more]
Feminist resistance has been crucial for Argentina’s recovery from the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. Alicia Partnoy was “disappeared” into one of hundreds of torture centers sardonically called “Little Schools.” After her release and exile to the United States, she published her poetic testimony, The Little School, with Cleis Press in 1986.…[Read more]
David Bahr started the topic Session 32. The Language of Populism 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Murray Hill, Sheraton in the discussion Twentieth-Century American Literature on MLA Commons 7 months, 2 weeks ago
The Language of Populism
12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Murray Hill, Sheraton
Program arranged by the forum GS Noniction Prose. Presiding: David Bahr, Borough of Manhattan Community C, City U of New York
“Fake News and the Miscegenation Hoax of 1864,” Philip Kadish, Hunter C, City U of New York
“Populism as Impersonation,” Kurt Spellmeye…[Read more]
My paper argues for a shift in our theoretical focus on time in narrative dialectics and a post-Barthesian semiotic model for critical interpretations of Latino/a/x border narratives. Currently, we know that border narratives reveal the underlying patterns of literary communicative acts of difference (i.e., oral and literary ambiguity, high…[Read more]
Judy Bertonazzi deposited Caridad’s Choice for Transformation: Jumping off a Mesa Cliff in Ana Castillo’s Novel So Far from God in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 9 months ago
As part of my research, I argue that one important way the definition of a feminist borderland develops in these narratives is from a female character’s knowledge of and interpretation of her physical presence within the borderlands. By applying Linda Martín Alcoff’s theories of gender “positionality” and “self-embodiment” from her text Visible…[Read more]
Judy Bertonazzi deposited Fleur Pillager, Midewewinini: Food as the Source of Female Power in Louise Erdrich’s Novel Tracks in the group LLC 20th- and 21st-Century American on MLA Commons 9 months, 1 week ago
From the original paper presentation: In this paper I discuss the figurative language used in Louise Erdrich’s novel Tracks with a particular focus on the figures and symbols associated with food and food practices. This paper performs a textual analysis of figurative language and symbols and the themes of food and food practices to reveal the…[Read more]
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